Susan J. Demas: Nice girls don't say 'vagina' -- what the Rep. Lisa Brown controversy is really about

Nice girls don't say the word "vagina."

They don't say the word "vasectomy," either.


That's what two female lawmakers being banned from speaking last week -- a move Inside Michigan Politics Publisher Bill Ballenger called unprecedented -- is really about.


As much of the country knows, thanks to coverage from National Public Radio, CBS News and CNN, Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) protested some highly restrictive abortion bills by announcing in a floor speech: "I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."


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